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Article about Vermont Castings

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Grisu, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Grisu

    Grisu Minister of Fire

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    Our local weekly newspaper had a feature story about Vermont Castings. I thought some may be interested in reading it.

    http://www.7dvt.com/2011vermont-woodstoves

    Two points in the article strike me a bit odd: One, VC is cited as the "inventor of the classical Yankee woodstove" and "as setting the standard". Second, other than Hearthstone all stove makers supposedly produce in China which seems to be quite a bit off the mark. Maybe the experts here can shed some light on it.

    P.S. Another good read is the "Hackie" column of a local cab driver: http://www.7dvt.com/searchindex/20 Usually very entertaining.

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    As usual, not much research goes on in those articles. Just trying to paint a pretty picture for a company or two but forget the rest. No doubt the article was written by someone who knows mostly nothing about the industry.
  3. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Interesting article . . . journalists are generalists . . . what I mean by that is that most of them working at small state or local newspapers have to know a little bit about a lot of topics as they may be writing a story about a fire, doing an interview with an artist, covering the police beat or a town meeting all in the same weekly paper . . . therefore I never expect them to be experts in the field . . . there just isn't enough time for them to become experts.

    As such they often have to rely on their subject who they are interviewing for the facts . . . therefore sometimes articles have a particular bend . . . and in this case it seems as though the big push was emphasizing the locally built stove over the over-seas stoves. My only issue is that this article makes it sound as though the vast majority of stoves being sold in this country are coming from China . . . when I would guess there are fair number of stoves either still being built here in the U.S., Canada or in Europe.
  4. Adios Pantalones

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    Must be that Woodstock plant is next to that tiny piece of NH that actually touches China.
  5. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Well New Hampshire is next to Maine and there is a China, Maine . . . so maybe. . . . . :)
  6. Shane

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    I think they're talking cast iron. VC foundry is the last American stove foundry. Harmon castings and several others are (or were circa 2005) made there. They made all the cast chair rails for Coors Field. They even cast frying pans. Travis industries outsourced their castings to China about the time they came out with the Leyden. Hearthstones are cast in Spain.

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